Rick Perry

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Rick Perry
Perry speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C., February 9, 2012
47th Governor of Texas
In office
December 21, 2000 – January 20, 2015
Lieutenant Bill Ratliff
David Dewhurst
Preceded by George W. Bush
Succeeded by Greg Abbott
39th Lieutenant Governor of Texas
In office
January 19, 1999 – December 21, 2000
Governor George W. Bush
Preceded by Bob Bullock
Succeeded by Bill Ratliff
9th Commissioner of Agriculture of Texas
In office
January 15, 1991 – January 19, 1999
Governor Ann Richards
George W. Bush
Preceded by Jim Hightower
Succeeded by Susan Combs
Member of the Texas House of Representatives District 64
In office
January 8, 1985 – January 8, 1991
Preceded by Joe Hanna
Succeeded by John Cook
Personal details
Born James Richard Perry
March 4, 1950 (1950-03-04) (age 65)
Paint Creek, Texas
Political party Republican (since 1989)
Spouse(s) Anita Thigpen (1982-present)
Children 2
Residence Texas Governor's Mansion
Alma mater Texas A&M University (B.S.)
Profession Politician
Religion Christianity (evangelical)[1]
Military service
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service 1972–1977
Rank Captain
Unit 772nd Tactical Airlift Squadron

James Richard "Rick" Perry (born March 4, 1950) is an American former politician. He was the Governor of Texas from 2000 to 2015. He is a Republican. He became governor when George W. Bush became President, and has been elected three more times. Perry was the longest governor in the United States for 14 years. Perry grew up in West Texas and went to Texas A&M University. Before he was a politician, he was a farmer and a pilot. Before being Governor, he was a State Legislature, State Agricultural Commissioner, and Lieutenant Governor. He announced on July 8, 2013 that he would not seek a fourth term as Governor of Texas.

Perry used to be a Methodist, but now attends an Evangelical "megachurch". Perry is also an Eagle Scout.

Perry also ran for President of the United States in the 2012 Republican primaries.[2] He was one of the last candidates to enter the race. He was a frontrunner for the nomination during the first month of his campaign, but he did not do well in many of the debates. On January 19, 2012, Perry withdrew his campaign and endorsed Newt Gingrich.

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